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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Hello Grandma! is an adventure and travel storybook for children written by Robert E. Constant and illustrated by James Zeger. A major highlight of Saniyah's and Robbie’s lives is visiting their grandma on the island of Nassau in the Bahamas. The brother and sister have always been proud of their Caribbean heritage; their parents have told them all about their families in Antigua, Belize and the Bahamas, but visiting Grandma is special. They spend a lot of time visiting with her on FaceTime or WhatsApp, but that doesn’t compare with personally visiting her in the summer. There’s so much to see and do in the Bahamas, starting with helping Grandma pick exotic and delicious fruits in her own backyard! They make soursop, a citrus fruit, into a marvelous ice cream using an old-fashioned cranking ice-cream maker. The hardest part of every trip is when it’s time to go.
Robert E. Constant’s Hello Grandma! takes young readers on a detailed and fun virtual visit to Nassau along with Saniyah and Robbie as they visit Grandma. Armchair adventurers of all ages will have a grand time reading about the brother and sister’s visit. Along the way, kids have the opportunity to experience and learn about Caribbean culture. The author includes a section titled End of Book Questions for Students, which will be quite helpful for readers to realize how much they learned by reading this book. James Zeger’s illustrations work so very well with the story. I loved the bright and cheerful color palette he uses. He does a grand job of making the brother and sister’s visit to Nassau come to life. Hello Grandma! educates as it entertains; it’s most highly recommended.